Focus Features has unveiled this first look at Idris Elba in Cary Fukunaga’s (True Detective, Jane Eyre, Sin Nombre) ‘Beasts of No Nation,’ which is an adaptation of Uzodinma Iweala’s bestselling novel. The story follows the journey of a young boy, Agu, who, when civil war engulfs his West African country is forced to join a unit of mercenary fighters. Not only must Agu face the death of his father and disappearance of his mother and sister, but must also join a life of violence and brutality. Agu befriends a mute boy named Strika and together they face the crimes and hardships of war. Elba will play the lead role of Commander and he will serve in a producing capacity as well. Presumably set for 2015, ‘Beasts of No Nation’ is currently filming in Ghana. The official synopsis for the ‘Beasts of No Nation’ novel can be read below.
Out and about on the promotional campaign for ‘Dawn of the Planet of Apes,’ Andy Serkis opened up about helping Mark Ruffalo refine his performance as Hulk on ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron.’ Back in May, Ruffalo was asked by a fan if he could reveal something about the Hulk in ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron,’ to which he replied, “Well, I have been working with the great @AndySerkis on the big green boy and he is going to be even better”.
During this Q & A with Variety, the performance capture King talks about being involved with both ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’ and ‘Star Wars Episode VII’ from a consultancy standpoint (he’s also playing a character in ‘Star Wars: Episode VII’): “The Imaginarium is the performance capture consultant, and I’m playing a role (in both films). On ‘The Avengers,’ I’ve been working closely with Mark Ruffalo.” Asked if we’ll actually see his face, Serkis replied, “I’m not at liberty to mention. But it’s all the same to me. I’ve never drawn a distinction when playing a role, whether it be live action or performance capture. Acting is acting. It’s just basically what you wear to the set that’s different.”
According to a new report from the Daily Mail, long time James Bond screenwriters Neal Purvis and Robert Wade have come on board to polish John Logan’s script for ‘Bond 24.’ I wouldn’t usually hold any credence to what the Daily Mail report in print or on their website, however, writer Baz Bamigboye has a decent track record with his movie news. He adds that because of this reported screenwriter reshuffle, filming has been delayed on ‘Bond 24′ until December (the movie previously was previously set to begin filming in October). ‘Bond 24′ was being written solely by Oscar-nominated John Logan, after he was brought in by director Sam Mendes to pen the last picture, ‘Skyfall.’
The story goes on to say that Neal Purvis and Robert Wade, who penned ‘The World Is Not Enough,’ ‘Die Another Day,’ ‘Casino Royale,’ and ‘ Quantum Of Solace,’ have been asked to ‘punch up’ the script and sprinkle in more gags, emphasizing the witty dynamic between Daniel Craig’s 007 and Naomie Harris’s Miss Moneypenny, and focusing on the interplay between Bond and Ralph Fiennes’s M. To date, the likes of Chiwetel Ejiofor and Penelope Cruz have been linked to the film – although nothing has been confirmed.
First Trailer For ‘Dracula Untold’ Officially Released – Starring Luke Evans, Sarah Gadon, Dominic Cooper…
After leaking online last week, Universal Pictures, once the home for literature’s most horrifying characters, has today officially released this first trailer for ‘Dracula Untold,’ the origin story of the man who became Dracula. Starring Luke Evans, Sarah Gadon, Dominic Cooper, Diarmaid Murtagh and Samantha Barks, the film opens on October 3rd in the UK and Ireland and October 17th in the US. The story is a mix of mythology and history as it follows the story of Vlad III Țepeș (Evans), the inspiration for the Dracula character popularized by Bram Stoker’s novel. Gary Shore directs.
Now here’s a piece of news that’s brought a HUGE smile to face. Guillermo del Toro has announced that he’s co-writing (with Zak Penn) and directing ‘Pacific Rim 2,’ which Legendary Pictures and Universal Studios will debut in 3D and IMAX 3D on April 7th, 2017. “The characters I love will return,” del Toro said in a statement. “Raleigh, Mako, Newt, Gottlieb and who knows, maybe even Hannibal Chau – but we are taking them into a fresh territory that will display amazing sights and battles. The first film set the stage and now we’re ready to have a blast.”
Frank Darabont In Talks To Direct ‘Snow White And The Huntsman 2′; Kristen Stewart Not Expected to Return
Oscar nominated director, screenwriter and producer Frank Darabont is reportedly in early talks to direct ‘Snow White and the Huntsman 2′ for Universal Pictures and Roth Films. Darabont previously directed the Stephen King adaptations ‘The Shawshank Redemption,’ ‘The Green Mile’ and ‘The Mist,’ and he also developed and executive produced the first season of the horror series ‘The Walking Dead.’ The likes of Gavin O’Connor (Warrior) and Andy Muschietti (Mama) were also said to be in contention for the high-profile gig.